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Review: The Boss Is Unplugged and Unguarded in His Magnificent New Show, Springsteen on Broadway

Review: The Boss Is Unplugged and Unguarded in His Magnificent New Show, Springsteen on Broadway
It’s hard not to worry a little about Bruce Springsteen. He revealed in his memoir last year that he’s battled depression on and off for decades. And in recent photos (if you’re the kind of fan who notices such things), he looks, well, haunted. Is it just the state-of-the-world despair that’s going around these days? Or something darker?

Springsteen on Broadway, his extraordinary new stage production, won’t set your mind at ease. Dressed all in black, the showman known for exuberant stadium marathons delivers a two-hour performance — part storytelling, part singing — almost entirely without cracking a smile.
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'Taxi Driver': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Martin Scorsese's Classic

"You talkin' to me?"

It's the 40th anniversary of "Taxi Driver" (released on February 8, 1976), the movie that gave Robert De Niro his most famous line, put Martin Scorsese on the map, proved that the pre-teen Jodie Foster was an Oscar-worthy thespian, and (most notoriously) was cited by John Hinckley as an inspiration for his assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

In honor of the film's anniversary, here are 25 things you need to know about how Travis Bickle came to be.

1. The script, by Paul Schrader (pictured, left), was semi-autobiographical. After a divorce and a break-up with a girlfriend, he wrote the movie while living in his car, feeling suicidal, obsessing about guns and pornography, and having spoken to no one for weeks. As he recalled in 2013, "Taxi Driver" was "an exorcism through art," and it worked.

2. Martin Scorsese saw the script as early as 1972, but didn't yet have the clout to make it,
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts (Soundstage)

I bought it for myself, but this was my Christmas present, arriving in the mail from England on Christmas Eve: a fifteen-cd set containing five epic Springsteen concerts from the legendary Darkness on the Edge of Town tour. When the Cleveland deejay who emceed the show for Wmms-fm introduced the band by saying, "Round for round, pound for pound, there ain’t no finer band around," he wasn't just rhyming, he was telling the truth.

Why, you ask, did this set come from England? Well, it's an unauthorized collection of bootlegs, but in Europe, radio recordings are public domain, so this is actually a legal release.

The word went out through the fan network I ordered it on Amazon U.K. before the release date. Perhaps Bruce doesn't get a penny out of this, but I've seen it suggested that writers' royalties would still have to be paid. Either way,
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Top 5 TV: 'Big Bang' Gets Sexy, Steve Harvey Screws Up

Top 5 TV: 'Big Bang' Gets Sexy, Steve Harvey Screws Up
Late last Saturday night, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey said their goodnights on SNL and threw it to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, who belted out a rousing version of "Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town." Everyone on stage looked absolutely giddy, from Maya Rudolph dancing around in a fabulous cocktail dress to Kenan Thompson, singing the late Clarence Clemons' old "better be good for goodness' sake" part. By the time Little Steven Van Zandt waved surprise guest Paul McCartney over to his microphone, the whole performance started to feel like a benediction.
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Music and Sex #3 - in which our hero's long musical weekend continues, etc.

Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here (the last paragraph of which was moved into this part).

After the show, Walter took Norman to the West End, where Norman marveled at the broad beer selection. As they slowly worked their way through a small percentage of the fifty-plus on offer, Walter lamented how inferior college was making him feel.

"Screw that," rejoined Norman. "Just have fun and keep learning and next year's freshmen will feel inferior to you. If you already knew everything, you wouldn't have to go to college in the first place. Don't tell me about that, tell me about all the cool stuff you've been doing."

"Well, during orientation there was a great band playing outside for free called So What. I know you're not that into fusion, but they were hot.
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Nirvana joins Rock Hall with Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon singing: Video

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Nirvana joins Rock Hall with Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon singing: Video
New York (AP) — Kiss made up, but its music went unheard. Nirvana used four women rockers to sing Kurt Cobain's songs. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band — predictably — turned its honor into a marathon. The three acts were ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a colorful induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They were joined by the blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, British rocker Peter Gabriel, 1970s folkie Cat Stevens and the absent Linda Ronstadt. Nirvana was the emotional centerpiece. The trio rooted in the Seattle-area punk rock scene was voted into the hall in its first year of eligibility. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, but the band was done after Kurt Cobain committed suicide 20 years ago this month. "Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music," said Krist Novoselic,
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10 Best Bruce Springsteen Albums

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There are few names in the music business who can successfully maintain a level of greatness throughout their career (as unpopularly argued in another article of mine), particularly when the artist in question is a member of the elite of their genre. But for his troubles, and despite a couple of dodgy efforts, Bruce Springsteen is a fully deserving member of such a club.

This month will see the release of the Boss’ eighteenth studio album, High Hopes, and comes as Springsteen and the E Street band are riding on the crest of a wave, following their incredibly successful Wrecking Ball tour. Springsteen has always been a phenomenal live performer, and, despite the deaths of band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, continues to produce a good standard of music, recruiting yet more top musicians to fill the void, whilst leaving emotional and tasteful tributes to his fallen colleagues.
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How 'Lilyhammer' Changed the TV World

How 'Lilyhammer' Changed the TV World
When Steve Van Zandt's Lilyhammer premiered on Netflix in February of 2012, few people realized it marked the beginning of a brand new era of television. Although the show originally aired in Norway, it was the first time that Netflix offered exclusive content. The experiment worked, paving the way for hugely acclaimed shows like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development.

See Arrested Development's Funniest Running Jokes

"Netflix completely shook up the world," says Van Zandt. "They've been willing to invest
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'Lilyhammer' Is an Amped Up Ride

'Lilyhammer' Is an Amped Up Ride
Lilyhammer, Netflix's quirky mob comedy starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will return for its second season on Friday, December 13th. Van Zandt, a veteran of The Sopranos, stars as fixer Frank Tagliano, who relocates to Lillehammer, Norway after entering the witness protection program. In this advance clip ahead of the series' new episodes, we find Tagliano looking to settle matters after a yellow Ferrari goes missing from the parking lot of his Flamingo nightclub.

See Steven Van Zandt's Favorite Mob Movies

Season Two again finds Tagliano,
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Watch a New, 22-Minute Springsteen Doc

A stage, seats full of international journalists and the “Boss” comprise a new documentary Wrecking Ball, which focuses on Bruce Springsteen’s latest album of the same title and how his life has shaped him as an artist. The video made its debut yesterday via CNN. Springsteen sits center stage as journalists ask questions about the patriotic messages inherent in his music and also also the passing of Clarence Clemons, former saxophonist for the E Street Band....
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Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'

Listen: O.A.R. and B.o.B collaborative Olympics theme 'Champions'
I know what you're thinking. B.o.B. O.A.R. Together at last. And for an Olympic theme song, to boot. The corporate sponsored-song "Champions" has an accompanying video interspersing sports clips with the two artists in the studio and their entourage nodding in the control room. O.A.R. is already known for their songs-with-a-message. It's just that so few of those end with a saxophone line, a la Clarence Clemons. Otherwise, this song seems to have been crafted in a lab, so be inspired at least by the science of entertainment. My favorite part is where Bobby Ray puts his fists up in the...
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Listen Now: People's Music Editor's Top Picks of the Week

Listen Now: People's Music Editor's Top Picks of the Week
Something old (like Michael Jackson's "Human Nature") and something new Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound") are all sharing space on People Music Editor Chuck Arnold's playlist. Check out what he has to say about the songs - and click the playlist to hear them on Spotify! "Get Right" by Jennifer Lopez I'm not loving the new J.Lo single "Dance Again," but this James Brown-sampling Jam from '05 - the funkiest thing she's ever done - is still righteous. "This Time" by Melanie Fiona This banger kicks off The Mf Life - the stellar second set from this
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Bruce Springsteen Raises the Roof at the Apollo; First Show Since Clarence Clemons' Death

Bruce Springsteen Raises the Roof at the Apollo; First Show Since Clarence Clemons' Death
He came like a wrecking ball and brought the house down. It was showtime at the Apollo all right as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rocked the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, to commemorate SiriusXM Radio's 10th anniversary. The Boss serenaded a star-studded crowd that included Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, and Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan for his first official live show without his beloved saxophonist Clarence Clemons. But the Big Man wasn't forgotten… When Springsteen got to "My City of Ruins" early in the show, he asked the crowd, "Are we missing...
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Bruce Springsteen Bares His Soul at Harlem’s Apollo Theater

Bruce Springsteen Bares His Soul at Harlem’s Apollo Theater
Getty Images Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during SiriusXM’s concert celebrating 10 years of satellite radio at The Apollo Theater on March 9, 2012 in New York City.

Last night at the Apollo Theater, Bruce Springsteen, along with his expanded E Street Band, prepped for a U.S. and European tour with a performance that reminded the audience that his four-decade career is built in part on a passion for African-American music – raucous Memphis R&B in his formative
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Jon Stewart One-On-One with Bruce Springsteen

Jon Stewart One-On-One with Bruce Springsteen
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart sits down with music legend Bruce Springsteen for a wide-ranging interview for Rolling Stone and we've got a preview of the revealing conversation!

"It's not at all surreal," Stewart says with heavy sarcasm, speaking about his friendship with Springsteen. "It's very hard to reconcile sitting and fishing in a little pond in New Jersey with a guy that you spent many years hitchhiking the New Jersey I-95 corridor to see in Philadelphia back in the day."

"The only band I think I've seen more than Bruce Springsteen is the Springsteen tribute band Backstreets. I try not to let him know how pathetic I truly am," Stewart confesses. The Rolling Stone interview gives the TV host/comic the chance to go in-depth with Springsteen about his new album, Wrecking Ball, as well as to discuss one of their mutual interests, politics.

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Throw 'Sanity' Rally in D.C.

During
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Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball Album Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wrecking Ball is as subtle as the title suggests. Listening to the majority of Bruce Springsteen’s seventeen studio albums, it is obvious he has never been one to duck in behind someone and poke his head out whenever the coast is clear. Springsteen, as he has done and will continue to do, marches right out and puts himself in the firing line. Perhaps to some people, an album so heavily influenced by global depression and political uncertainty could prove monotonous. Those people are wrong. He’s called The Boss for a reason.

The album begins with We Take Care of Our Own, a song immediately distinguishable as Classic Springsteen. A marching drum beat punches this patriotic sound, echoing the lines “Wherever this flag is flown/ we take care of our own”. Springsteen has always reached for those anthems that you can imagine festival crowds screaming back at him.
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Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball Is About Keeping Dreams Alive

Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball Is About Keeping Dreams Alive
It's fitting that the two most exhilarating tracks on Bruce Springsteen's new album, Wrecking Ball, are the only ones featuring his beloved E Street Band sideman Clarence Clemons, that giant of a saxman who died last June. First there's the title cut, which starts as a folky strummer then builds to a rousing anthem for persevering through life's most brutal blows. When Springsteen repeatedly sings the line "Hard times come and hard times go” like a mantra, you can just feel him summoning all his considerable strength and spirit to carry on in the wake of the Big Man's death.
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The Frantic Fight to Save Davy Jones: the 911 Call

The Frantic Fight to Save Davy Jones: the 911 Call
A frantic 911 call was placed after Monkees singer Davy Jones suffered a massive heart on Wednesday in Florida.

The distressed woman who dialed the emergency number pleaded for an ambulance to "hurry," before suggesting it might be faster to put Jones in a car and drive to the nearest hospital -- which was 27 miles away.

Jones had complained of breathing trouble early in the morning, and was later taken to a hospital in the town of Stuart,
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Whitney Houston death - NJ governor defends half-mast flag decree

Whitney Houston death - NJ governor defends half-mast flag decree
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has defended his decision to lower state and federal flags to half-mast in recognition of Whitney Houston's death. The governor announced this week that the state will honor Houston's passing on Saturday (February 18) by lowering its flags, just as it did when fellow New Jersey residents Frank Sinatra and Clarence Clemons died. Christie has since come under fire from some constituents as well as the media for choosing to honor Houston, who admitted during the final years of her life that she had battled drug addiction. The politician addressed the controversy during a press briefing on Thursday and said he is committed to going ahead with New Jersey's tribute to Houston. "I am disturbed by people who believe that because of her ultimate demise - and we don't know what is the cause of her death yet (more)
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Born to Run…Into a Museum

Born to Run…Into a Museum
Dawn Fallik Lyrics from “Glory Days” on display at the Bruce Springsteen exhibit “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land” at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

At the new Bruce Springsteen exhibit in Philadelphia, most fans will want to stop by the room of guitars, lingering at the instrument that was pictured on his “Born to Run” album cover with its 1952 Fender Esquire neck and 1954 Fender Telecaster body.

Others will stop at the motorcycle jacket, tattered and road-weary and oddly
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